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Dome Sweet Dome: Geoship’s ‘Livingry’ Model Aims to Reconnect Home and Nature

Geoship’s bioceramic, climate-resilient dome villages offer a glimpse into a new model of zero-carbon community living and a future-proof world built through regenerative architecture.

NYC’s New Battery Playscape Combines Education with Climate-Resilient Design

A global exemplar for playgrounds located in flood-zone communities, Playscape features five distinct ecology zones, each fostering cultural and environmental awareness through sustainable, biodiverse and water-conscious design.

Transforming Plastic Waste into Asphalt: Paving the Way for Sustainable Roads

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. In order for truly sustainable and circular systems to be realized, every facet of normal life must be re-considered — from the cars we drive to the roads we drive them on.

How Carbon Removal as a Service Is Poised to Aid the Clean Energy Transition

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Energy company Occidental and its subsidiary, Oxy Low-Carbon Ventures, are on a path to achieve net-zero emissions in their own operations and those associated with their products before 2050. And they are helping others reduce theirs, too.

Racing to Zero, Part 2: It’s the (Circular) Economy, Stupid.

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Many organisations have not yet connected the dots between climate-change mitigation and a circular economy — the successful shift to which could be our greatest tool. Here, we examine the climate math for circular strategies, and the role of the humble car door in radical climate action.

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Purpose & the Stakeholder Factor: 10 Trends for 2021 and Beyond

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. To capture the top trends of 2021, Porter Novelli reviewed and analyzed a year’s worth of Purpose-driven and stakeholder news, activities, campaigns and announcements to deliver the latest in stakeholder intelligence. Here are our 10 need-to-know trends for today and tomorrow.

Why Material Is Material: Another Definition of Double Materiality

What is 'material'? And how can a slight play on words help brands make more sustainable, healthier material choices in the built environment to reduce risk and benefit all stakeholders — from investors to employees and communities, to the planet?

Biomimicry Institute Awarded €2.5M to Pilot, Scale Decomposition of Textile Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The Design for Decomposition initiative is the next step in the Institute’s effort to transform fashion, stopping millions of tonnes of textile waste escaping into the environment each year.

Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab and Library Offers Resources for Designers, Architects, Students

Shaw’s Tim Conway recently spoke with the Lab's director, Alison Mears, about how it is raising awareness about building material ingredients and educating the next generation of designers and architects.

Innovation for Good Driving Both Internal and External Impacts for Kohler

What happens when a company empowers its associates to think creatively and innovate with a social purpose? You find yourself with a potent strategic framework for solving for some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

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Conscientious Consumption: The SB 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. With no end in sight to the pandemic and its many ripple effects, we can all use a little bit of brightness in our lives! So, here are some of the many companies, platforms and products aligned with a more intentional approach to consumption, that we’d be happy to support anytime.

$1M Innovation Challenge to Fuel Upcycled Solutions to Pomegranate Waste

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The Wonderful Company has chosen two winners to create value-added solutions from 50,000 annual tons of pomegranate husks, to reduce food waste and create a more circular supply chain.

Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Many companies say they’ve reached their net-zero goals, but is it really that easy? We can make the numbers look good, at least in the short-term; or we can strive for greater impacts — towards real zero and beyond. If we don’t take this challenge seriously today, we won’t be in business in ten years’ time.

A Deconstructive Tool for a Constructive Future

An awareness of these circular strategies will identify opportunities for any project team to consider the potential of a more 'constructive' future for the built environment.

While Travel Was Quiet, JetBlue Was Busy with Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. During COVID, JetBlue announced several sustainability targets — including a net-zero target by 2040, as well as a set of short-and medium-term targets to help them get there. We asked Carl Otto, JetBlue’s Senior Analyst for Sustainability and ESG, how they'll do it.

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This Industry-First Online Marketplace Is Helping Companies ‘SourceGreenPackaging’

The newly launched B2B marketplace helps connect companies with vetted, sustainable, plastic-free packaging options, as well as education on materials and the evolving regulatory landscape.

Citizen Science Engages Travelers, Contributes to Conservation Efforts

The natural intersection of citizen science and tourism is obvious: If travelers are already participating in these activities, why not encourage deeper understanding and awareness about the natural world while also advancing scientific research?

Poll Finds Disconnect Between Spanish, Latin American Mobility Preferences, Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. While private car is the preferred mode of transport for Spanish and Latin Americans, 70% think cars take up too much space in cities. Cabify is working to raise awareness on the impact of transport and advancing a pioneering environmental strategy to decarbonize urban mobility.

Scaling Reuse Must Include Consensus on Safety, Design, Considerations for Cities

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Cities are complex ecosystems that both exacerbate and suffer from the scale of packaging waste. Standards for key areas of design, safety and city programming minimize risk, drive collaboration and provide trustworthy information for stewarding game-changing reuse strategies.

Thinking About the Box: The Role of Digital Printing in Packaging Sustainability, Consumer Experience

Brands have a powerful voice and field of influence; by leading by example on digital packaging innovation, they can not only reduce their impact on the environment, but be heroes of change and inspire others to take positive action, as well.

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